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World’s Most Cost-effective Remote Communications Solution Available for North Africa


On-demand use of Satellite Bandwidth and Local Connectivity Together Dramatically Reduce Remote Community Transmission Costs

Cairo, 14 October 2008 – Leading provider of cost cutting solutions for wireless and satellite service providers, Altobridge, will be at North Africa’s largest telecommunications event, North AfricaCom in Cairo, from 14-15 October, highlighting its Local Connectivity and Split-BSC Architecture solutions; remote communications technologies with major cost-cutting implications for the delivery of profitable voice and data services to small, remote domestic and enterprise communities throughout North Africa.

The company’s Remote Communities Communications solution utilises two of Altobridge’s breakthrough technologies. Its unique Split-BSC Architecture frees up vital capacity by restricting the use of expensive satellite bandwidth, only using it ‘On-Demand’ instead of ‘Always-On’ - the most efficient use of satellite bandwidth of any system available. The company’s Local Connectivity solution then keeps all local calls local, which removes further transmission costs incurred if local calls are unnecessarily backhauled.

At North AfricaCom, Altobridge’s VP Wireless Solutions, Janne Hazell, will be presenting an important paper entitled: “Local Connectivity – the key to cost-effective connectivity for mobile operators”, which illustrates these two technological breakthroughs in Local Connectivity and On-demand use of satellite bandwidth, and how they combine to deliver the world’s most cost-effective communications solution for remote communities.

Janne Hazell said, “Our Split-BSC Architecture creates a unique, ‘on-demand’ solution, which we consider to be the most operationally efficient on the market today. Then, our Local Connectivity solution keeps local traffic local, removing the costs of traffic being backhauled unnecessarily across the network and delivering one of the most significant breakthroughs in eliminating the costs associated with remote community communications.

“Combined, these two technologies provide mobile operators throughout the North African region, with the opportunity to deliver profitable services that meet their universal communications licensing obligations. New revenues are now possible from small communities of between 50 and 500 subscribers,” Hazell concluded.

Hazell’s paper looks at the challenges faced by operators in remote regions throughout North Africa, including the high cost of transmission to small, isolated communities, and outlines the comparative savings that can be expected when using a standard 1 TRX IP GSM over VSAT installation versus the use of the optimized Altobridge solution. With annual savings per site potentially running into tens of thousands of dollars, operators are now able to provide profitable services to even the smallest, isolated populations.

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About Altobridge -
Headquartered at Kerry Technology Park, Ireland and with regional offices in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Altobridge is a leading provider of telecommunications solutions that cut the cost of communications to/from and between wireless devices. The company’s patented Split-BSC Architecture (Access Management Gateway Platform) and Local Connectivity Platform cut backhaul costs to/from base station sites as well as providing local call switching at the base station site. These solutions have been successfully tested and deployed in wireless telecommunications networks as well as the following vertical markets: Remote Community/Enterprise, Aeronautical, Maritime, Secure and Emergency/First Responder wireless communication.

Altobridge licenses its software to leading vendors and operators and can also provide fully managed services to mobile operators. Wireless operator clients include: Maxis (Remote Community), Mobicom (Remote Community), AeroMobile (Aeronautical GSM), Blue Ocean Wireless (Maritime GSM). Vendor clients include: Ericsson (Local Connectivity).

Issued by the Corporate Communications Department of Altobridge Limited.

For further information, contact:
Linda Hickey
Marketing & Communications Director
Altobridge Ltd
Kerry Technology Park
Tralee, Co. Kerry
Tel: +353 66 719 0210
Fax: +353 66 719 0022


 Local Connectivity
 Remote Communications
 On-demand satellite
 Split-BSC Architecture

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